Friday, January 06, 2017

Man Who "Identifies" As Woman Wins Women's Cycling Event

   It continues to amaze me that so many people have been convinced / bullied into blithely asserting that night is day. Bearden is a man and that's just a fact. Saying it isn't so doesn't make it false. Consequently, he has the natural athletic advantages that come with being male. Thus far female athletes--like most of the rest of the country, apparently--have been cowed into paying lip service to the patently false theory that such men are women. But I can't believe they're not fuming.
   Sadly, I doubt that the very clear and straightforward arguments against this obviously false theory will turn the public discussion--but men beginning to dominate women's sports in a widespread way might do the trick. 
   And, of course, Bearden having cosmetic "sex-change" or "gender-reassignment" surgery (both flaming misnomers) won't change anything. This is about muscles, not about genitals.
   This issue is similar to the restroom issue in that the more respectable arguments in this vicinity are arguments for eliminating sex segregation from sports entirely. I'm not in favor of eliminating sex segregation (in either case), but if we're going to go down this road, we should be honest about what we're doing.
   You can be tolerant of non-standard ways of being and thinking without accepting the falsehoods that some of those ways are predicated on or entail. We can be tolerant of Bearden without believing the falsehoods he believes about himself, just as we can be tolerant of religions without believing the falsehoods they believe.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

Maybe now people will stop pretending that 'identifying as a woman' does not actually make you so? Enough ridiculous sports wins like that and the whole thing falls apart.

12:44 PM  

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